This photo shows the difficult 16th stage of the Tour from 1930, the crowd gathering to cheer the riders on the final metres of the famed 2556m Galibier in the Alps. We believe the riders may be Benoit Faure and Pierre Magne, who won the KOM. Leader Andre Leducq came close to losing the Tour when he fell on the descent, broke his bike and lost 14 minutes. With a replacement bike and his team's help he later regained the leaders, incredibly winning the stage into Evian in a sprint.
This photo is a unique image from the 1930 Tour and shows the solo effort for which the Tour is famous. Our research has not unearthed who the rider is but the focus on his exploit is evident from the entourage of Tour press and support vehicles surrounding the competitor.
This photo shows the peloton passing through the city of Quimper with its characteristic cathedral spires. The 210km 4th stage of the 1930 Tour started in Brest and finished in Vannes and was won by Omer Taverne (Belgium) in a time of 6h56'03". The Italian Learco Guerra continued leading the Tour until the 9th stage when Frenchman Andre Leducq took it in the Queens stage from Pau to Luchon.
This photo shows Alfredo Binda at the start of one stage of the Tour from 1930, the crowd gathers to farewell the heroes of the Tour de France. Champion of the Giro d'Italia, Binda won the 8th and Queen's stage over the Tourmalet (stage 9) before abandoning in the 10th. This image is a marvellous souvenir of the ambiance and life that all Tour stages bring to the towns they pass through.
Riders climbing a mountain in the 1930 Tour had only two gears. They had to physically stop, undo wing nuts (no quick release in those days), remove their rear wheel and turn it around to engage the larger or smaller gear/cog on the other side of the wheel. This is Route N91, climbing the Col de Lautaret from Grenoble during the 16th stage of the Tour from Grenoble to Evian. The mammoth 331km stage was won by Tour leader André Leducq in a time of 13h39'23".
The peloton passes through a feeding station (controle de ravitaillement) in Morlaix during the 3rd stage of the 1930 Tour de France. The stage went from Dinan to Brest and the aqueduct in Morlaix is a well-known landmark from France’s roman past. This Tour saw the innovation of a publicity caravan, created to fund the national teams that were introduced to counter the trade teams’ influence evident in previous Tours.
Leonida Frascarelli was Italian team mate to yellow jersey wearer Learco Guerra and dual stage winner Alfredo Binda. He abandoned on the 222 kilometre 7th stage from Bordeaux to Hendaye won by Jules Merviel in 6h11'22" for the . The risks for Tour de France riders are evident on the face of Frascarelli.
Following the stages through the Pyrenees, in which eventual winner Leducq gained the yellow jersey, the riders made their way up from the Cote d'Azur towards the Alps. The Nice – Grenoble stage was a 333km marathon eventually won by Learco Guerra (Ita) in a time of 13h48'58". Here riders can be seen passing through country typical of the region.
The 16th stage of the 1930 Tour de France passed the Col de Lautaret, Col du Galibier and Col des Aravis, a massive 331km. It was eventually won by Tour leader André Leducq in a time of 13h39'23" but not before he had fallen on the descent of the Galibier, broken his bike and managed to regain the leading bunch with the help of his team mates. This is a high altitude snapshot from a historical stage of the 1930 Tour.
The Tourmalet stage from Pau to Luchon was one of the toughest of the 1930 Tour. Two riders were alone over the two major climbs, André Leducq and Benoit Faure, who won the KOM on both the Col d’Aubisque and Col du Tourmalet. This image shows these two riders on the Col d'Aubisque before the final climb over the Tourmalet. Leducq won the leaders jersey on this stage and held it to the finish in Paris on the 27th July.
One of the greatest heroes of Italian cycling, Alfredo Binda, rode the Tour de France for the first time in 1930. Binda won both the 8th stage and incredibly difficult 9th stage but incredibly, abandoned the very next day during the 10th stage. Here we see the moment that Alfredo Binda abandons the Tour while ascending the Col du Puymorens in the Pyrenees.
Charles Pelissier was one of the stars of the 1930 Tour, with an unprecedented 8 stage wins, including the last four consecutively. This image is from the final 300km 21st stage into Paris from Malo les Bains. Here we see the French star in front of the crowds in the finishing stadium of the Parc des Princes. The photo is a stunning souvenir conveying the massive interest in the Tour of the time.
This photo shows the peloton climbing out of a village in the mountains. We believe this is of one of the towns in the Pyrenees, on the route to the Col du Tourmalet. This decisive 9th stage saw the French rider André Leducq take the leaders yellow jersey from Learco Guerra (Ita). It was acknowledged as one of the toughest stages in the 1930 Tour de France.
The ninth stage of the 1930 Tour de France was decisive. André Leducq gained the leaders jersey following the 231km stage which was won by Italian star Alfredo Binda in a time of 9h21'31". In this photograph the leading riders Benoit Faure and André Leducq can be seen approaching the summit of the Col du Tourmalet, lined in the distance by thousands of fans eagerly awaiting their heros.
André Leducq, leader of the Tour on stage 16, fell heavily on the descent of the Col du Galibier, broke his bike and lost 14 minutes. Despite this potential disaster, Leducq got a replacement bike and, with the help of his team, made it back to the front of the race incredibly winning the stage into Evian on Lake Geneva, saving his Tour. This image captures the moment Leducq remounts after his fall, blood visible on his left leg.